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Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Shooting gives me a good feeling. It is faster than baseball and you are out on one strike.”

Shooting gives me a good feeling. It is faster than baseball and you are out on one strike.

— Ernest Hemingway



Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Find what gave you emotion; what the action was that gave you excitement. Then write it down making it clear so that the reader can see it too. Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.”

Find what gave you emotion; what the action was that gave you excitement. Then write it down making it clear so that the reader can see it too. Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “A big lie is more plausible than truth.”

A big lie is more plausible than truth.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “We all take a beating every day, you know, one way or another.”

We all take a beating every day, you know, one way or another.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “No writer who knows the great writers who did not receive the Prize can accept it other than with humility. There is no need to list these writers. Everyone here may make his own list according to his knowledge and his conscience.”

No writer who knows the great writers who did not receive the Prize can accept it other than with humility. There is no need to list these writers. Everyone here may make his own list according to his knowledge and his conscience.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “If you’re looking for messages, try Western Union.”

If you’re looking for messages, try Western Union.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “The old man looked at him with his sun-burned, confident loving eyes.”

The old man looked at him with his sun-burned, confident loving eyes.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you feel that it all happened to you and after which it all belongs to you.”

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you feel that it all happened to you and after which it all belongs to you.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “There was no really good true war book during the entire four years of the war. The only true writing that came through during the war was in poetry. One reason for this is that poets are not arrested as quickly as prose writers.”

There was no really good true war book during the entire four years of the war. The only true writing that came through during the war was in poetry. One reason for this is that poets are not arrested as quickly as prose writers.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I’m not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy.”

I’m not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy.

— Ernest Hemingway



Ernest Hemingway Quote: “For a poet he threw a very accurate milk bottle.”

For a poet he threw a very accurate milk bottle.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I am glad we do not have to try to kill the stars.”

I am glad we do not have to try to kill the stars.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre.”

Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “The brave dies perhaps two thousand deaths if he’s intelligent. He simply doesn’t mention them.”

The brave dies perhaps two thousand deaths if he’s intelligent. He simply doesn’t mention them.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “He had always known what I did not know and what, when I learned it, I was always able to forget. But I did not know that then, although I learned it later.”

He had always known what I did not know and what, when I learned it, I was always able to forget. But I did not know that then, although I learned it later.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Why must all of the operations in life be performed without an anesthetic?”

Why must all of the operations in life be performed without an anesthetic?

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Real seriousness in regard to writing is one of two absolute necessities. The other, unfortunately, is talent.”

Real seriousness in regard to writing is one of two absolute necessities. The other, unfortunately, is talent.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I have noticed that doctors who fail in the practice of medicine have a tendency to seek one another’s company and aid in consultation.”

I have noticed that doctors who fail in the practice of medicine have a tendency to seek one another’s company and aid in consultation.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “He had loved too much, demanded too much, and he wore it all out.”

He had loved too much, demanded too much, and he wore it all out.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “There are many good fishermen and some great ones. But there is only one you.”

There are many good fishermen and some great ones. But there is only one you.

— Ernest Hemingway



Ernest Hemingway Quote: “He was violating the second rule of the two rules for getting on well with people that speak Spanish; give the men tobacco and leave the women alone.”

He was violating the second rule of the two rules for getting on well with people that speak Spanish; give the men tobacco and leave the women alone.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “You never kill anyone you want to kill in a war, he said to himself.”

You never kill anyone you want to kill in a war, he said to himself.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Do not think about sin, he thought. There are enough problems now without sin. Also I have no understanding of it.”

Do not think about sin, he thought. There are enough problems now without sin. Also I have no understanding of it.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “There is a mystery in all great writing and that mystery does not dissect out. It continues and is always valid.”

There is a mystery in all great writing and that mystery does not dissect out. It continues and is always valid.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I would not have thought of eating a meal without drinking a beer.”

I would not have thought of eating a meal without drinking a beer.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Everybody is friends when things are bad enough.”

Everybody is friends when things are bad enough.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best – make it all up – but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.”

That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best – make it all up – but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “We wait always for something that does not come.”

We wait always for something that does not come.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “A beautiful vacuum filled with wealthy monogamists, all powerful and members of the best families all drinking themselves to death.”

A beautiful vacuum filled with wealthy monogamists, all powerful and members of the best families all drinking themselves to death.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “As to Hemingway, I read him for the first time in the early ’forties, something about bells, balls and bulls, and loathed it.”

As to Hemingway, I read him for the first time in the early ’forties, something about bells, balls and bulls, and loathed it.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “You should only read what is truly good or what is frankly bad.”

You should only read what is truly good or what is frankly bad.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “No one ever stopped when they were winning.”

No one ever stopped when they were winning.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Practice any faith you wish. Got a ball field up the island where you can practice. I’ll give the Deity a fast one high and inside if he crowds the plate.”

Practice any faith you wish. Got a ball field up the island where you can practice. I’ll give the Deity a fast one high and inside if he crowds the plate.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “If he wrote it, he could get rid of it. He had gotten rid of many things by writing them.”

If he wrote it, he could get rid of it. He had gotten rid of many things by writing them.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Before you quit, you have to try.”

Before you quit, you have to try.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “In those days, there was no money to buy books.”

In those days, there was no money to buy books.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Having books published is very destructive to writing. It is even worse than making love too much. Because when you make love too much at least you get a damned clarte that is like no other light. A very clear and hollow light.”

Having books published is very destructive to writing. It is even worse than making love too much. Because when you make love too much at least you get a damned clarte that is like no other light. A very clear and hollow light.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Nobody that ever left their own country ever wrote anything worth printing. Not even in the newspapers.”

Nobody that ever left their own country ever wrote anything worth printing. Not even in the newspapers.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “It was strange how easy being tired enough made it.”

It was strange how easy being tired enough made it.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “In stating as fully as I could how things really were, it was often very difficult and I wrote awkwardly and the awkwardness is what they called my style. All mistakes and awkwardness are easy to see, and they called it style.”

In stating as fully as I could how things really were, it was often very difficult and I wrote awkwardly and the awkwardness is what they called my style. All mistakes and awkwardness are easy to see, and they called it style.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee.”

Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “All bad writers are in love with the epic.”

All bad writers are in love with the epic.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I never had to choose a subject – my subject rather chose me.”

I never had to choose a subject – my subject rather chose me.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I did not understand them but they did not have any mystery, and when I understood them they meant nothing to me. I was sorry about this but there was nothing I could do about it.”

I did not understand them but they did not have any mystery, and when I understood them they meant nothing to me. I was sorry about this but there was nothing I could do about it.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “It’s a town you come to for a short time.”

It’s a town you come to for a short time.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “They arrested us after breakfast.”

They arrested us after breakfast.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I decided that I would write one story about each thing that I knew about.”

I decided that I would write one story about each thing that I knew about.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Defense is the stronger form with the negative object, and attack the weaker form with the positive object.”

Defense is the stronger form with the negative object, and attack the weaker form with the positive object.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.”

When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “To have come on all this new world of writing, with time to read in a city like Paris where there was a way of living well and working, no matter how poor you were, was like having a great treasure given to you.”

To have come on all this new world of writing, with time to read in a city like Paris where there was a way of living well and working, no matter how poor you were, was like having a great treasure given to you.

— Ernest Hemingway

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